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out. >> tahman bradley starts us off from washington. >> reporter: good morning. it's hard to believe that the first presidential debate is on wednesday. mitt romney and president obama have been preparing day and night. with both men saying the other guy is going to do a better job. president obama and mitt romney start the week with a crucial showdown on wednesday at the first presidential debate in denver. at a rally in las vegas, president obama tried to manage the speculations. >> i know the media is speculating who is going to have the best zinger. i don't know about that. governor romney, he's a good debater. >> reporter: as both hunker down for intense practice, the polls show americans overwhelming with the election and the president lose. in a new abc news/"washington post" poll out this morning, 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win the election. that's his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. but looking at like hi supporters, the race is much closer. president obama leads mitt romney by two points. republican governor chris christie predicte
abc news/"washington post" poll out this morning, 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win the election. that's his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. but looking at like hi supporters, the race is much closer. president obama leads mitt romney by two points. republican governor chris christie predicted romney could close the gap with president obama after a strong showing on wednesday's debate. >> i'm absolutely confident when we get to thursday morning, george. >> reporter: president obama is keeping his answers short and concise. >> the president has got to be president. this is the guy that killed osama bin laden. i think he can stand up to mitt romney but he's got to relax. >> mitt romney keeps hammering president obama's foreign policy. in a new op-ed, romney calls for a new strategy in the middle east. at the mercy of events rather than shaping them. >>> the supreme court convened for its new term with a full docket of hot-button issues like affirmative action, voting rights and same-sex marriage. in keeping with tradition, some of the justices
hollyfield, abc7 news. >>> this morning, mitt romney and president obama are back out on the campaign trail wasting no time after their debate in denver. romney's campaign got a boost in momentum thanks to his aggressive critique of mr. obama's handling of the economy. but mr. obama fought back asking for specifics about how he would help the middle class. >> reporter: the first debate started with a shand shake -- which handshake and smile between president obama and mitt romney. then it quickly focused on the economy. >> the president: five million jobs in the private sector created. auto industry has come roaring back. housing has begun to rise. >> i know what it takes to get small business growing again to hire people. >> reporter: romney was aggressive most of the night but his comments about the 47% has taken a toll on his campaign. the president never brought up those comments and romney tried to move past them. >> under the president's policies middle income americans have been buried, crushed. i will not under any circumstances raise taxes on middle income families. >> reporter: th
i'm jim cramer, and i will see you tomorrow! >>> this morning on "early today," unfriendly skies. the faa investigates two separate instances of loose seats on american airlines flights. >>> political showdown. president obama and mitt romney hunker down for their high stakes debate in denver. >>> and bumpy ride. a 10-year-old philadelphia boy is arrested after swiping and crashing a van. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with air scare. suspicion is swirling around american airlines after two flights in three days were returned to new york's jfk airport. the reason, passenger seats came loose on both planes. the first incident occurred on a flight from miami to boston. >> during climb out, passenger seats row 12d, e and f came loose out of the floor. passengers are unable to sit in that seat. >> the federal aviation administration says seating in both planes had recently undergone maintenance. the airline has grounded eight 757s for
will both be campaigning in virginia this morning, the obama campaign took a hit with his debate performance this weeks this will give him something to crow about today. the romney campaign, mitt romney issued a statement saying this is not what a real recovery looks like. he goes on the say, the real unemployment rate is closer to 11% if you count the people who stopped looking for work. there is also a lot of speculation on line on social media this morning, that the obama administration could be fudging the numbers. we took that question right to the secretary of labor this morning. she tells us it's ludicrous to say the numbers could be manipulated. >>> secret service has new policies in place after one of the most embarrassing scandals in the history. it would ban excessive drinking and the share of work related information on sites including facebook. this comes five months after more than a dozen employees of the secret service were accused of drunken partying with prostitutes. >>> american activists are planning to stage a protest against u.s. drone strikes, member of the antiwar gr
by then presidential- ccndidate barack obama s stirring up controversy this morning.in tte video that was posted on the websiie "the daily caller"... president obama telll an audience of black ministers that the u-s government neglected hurricane katrina victims. victims. 2:10-2:43 whole srrck in florida they said... heres the money... because youre part of the american familywhat happened down in new orleans............ makes no sense... bullet hasnt been taken out.. the people ddwn innnew orleans ttey don't care about as much. much.obama later stttee the incompetence."the 40 minnte video was shoo innjune of 2007 at hampton university in associated press. obama supporters are now claimmnn the timing of the release is suspect. &pthere's a new head of f-b-- operations in baltimoree stephen vogt haa bben naaed as f-b-i field office.vogg ty's starred with the agency in 19- 89.his most recent assignment was in afghanistan. ptreet in little italy.we shot this video of albemarle petween styles and fawn can see, a sinkhole about the size of a car opened up in the street.this section of albemmrle ha
poll this morning, 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win. his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. actual support the race is closer president obama leads mitt romney by just two points, 49-47%. that's why the debates could be the pivotal turning point the romney campaign is hoping for. governor christie predicted romney could close the gap with president obama after a strong showing. >> i have confidence when we get to thursday morning you are going to be saying it is a new race. >> reporter: president obama is holding debate prep in nevada, working on keeping his answers short and concise. >> the president has to be president. he killed osama bin laden i think he can stand up to mitt romney. >> reporter: mitt romney keeps hammering the president's foreign policy calling for a new strategy in the mideast saying the obama administration has been at the mercy of events, rather than shaping them. >> juke see the first debate right -- you can see the first debate right here. beginning at 6 p.m. this wednesday. >>> october 1st, u.s. supreme court convenes new
"this morning." president obama sharpens his attack on mitt romney while the blame game over performance continues. >> the new jobs report is out this morning. what will that do the campaign? >> and bad news for drivers today. why gas prices are soaring to nearly $6 a gallon in some parts of the country. >> but we begin this morning wi today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> now and then you'll say something that doesn't come out right. in this case i said something completely wrong. >> for the first time romney backed away from his controversial remarks about the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. >> this whole campaign is about the 100%. >> you want to be president, you owe the american people the truth. >> the only thing that could have salvaged president obama's performance if the body of bin laden fell from the ceiling on to the stage. >> the latest fallout for seat scare for american. >> we had a very unique situation. it's completely random. >> in just hours the latest jobs report is coming out. >> 12.5 million unemployed. 8.1%. >> gas prices are going
>>> this morning on "early today," mile high showdown as president obama and mitt romney prepare for tonight's crucial debate. our brand new poll numbers show where they stand. >>> midair mess. another incident of loose seats on an american airlines flight, and now the company says it knows why. >>> and shock value. there's a magician, david blaine. he goes high voltage in his blaine. he goes high voltage in his latest stunt. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a high stakes debate. all eyes turn to denver for tonight's first presidential debate of the 2012 race, and a new nbc news wall street journal poll finds president obama is holding on to his national lead, but not by very much. 49% of likely voters favor the president while 46% prefer mitt romney. that's only a 3% edge for obama which is within the survey's margin of error, but when it comes to a poll of registered voters the president widens his lead over romney to 7 points, 51% to 44. and finally they say the nation is headed in the right direction. 40%. mea
lothian is in denver. morning, dan. mr. obama can't be feeling very good this morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, look, as you just played out in those sound bites, it was a big night for governor romney. some have suggested it was a make or break debate for him. he certainly showed up to fight. and voters agree he got the win in a cnn or flash poll, 67% of the voters said he won the debate. 25% saying president obama won. how did he do it? he challenged the president, never backed down even as the president appeared not to want to push back until the second half of the debate. take a listen. >> i just don't know how the president could have come into office, facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment, an economic crisis at the kitchen table and spend his energy and passion for two years for fighting for obamacare instead of fighting for jobs for the american people. it has killed jobs. >> for 18 months, he has been running on this tax plan. and now, five weeks before the election, he is saying his big, bold idea is never mind. >> reporter: now, carol, remember, ther
was referring to singers who took the stage before him. >>> this morning, president obama will visit ke. ne near bakersfield where the home of farm labor leader cesar chavez is being made a national monument. the president will arrive at sfo about 1:40 this afternoon. he has a private fundraising dinner in san francisco then a public concert and rally at bill graham civic auditorium. the president had spend the night in san francisco. >>> republican presidential candidate mitt romney will deliver a speech in virginia calling for the u.s. to take a more assertive role in syria, put conditions on aid to egypt and tighten sanctions on iran. with a month to go to the election national polls show the race for the white house is tightening. >>> right now california is the most expensive place for gas in the nation. and this morning our governor jerry brown is taking action all in an effort to drive down some of the costs. cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran reports on the governor's idea to ease record high prices. >> reporter: good morning. the governor is asking state regulators to release a less expensive
rate fell to 7.8%, where it stood when president obama took office. stay with the morning news, coming up, we'll go live to bloomberg's jane king at the new york stock exchange. >>>:30 good morning i'm is. >>> i'm eric thomas. a lot of events this weekend. let's check in with lisa argen in for mike. >>> good morning. we are starting out with not only low clouds and fog, airport delays stacking up an hour and 26 minutes at sfo. higher cirrus clouds as well, there's a weather system offshore that will be allowing for a sun-cloud knicks today at our coast starting out -- mix today, starting out in the upper -- sea breeze keeping temperatures on the cool side around the bay mid 50s with the cloudy skies by noontime trying to thin out that cloud deck by the afternoon, sun cloud mix with upper 60s to low 70s, inland valleys, couple degrees of cooler today as that cooler onshore flow makes its way inland, low 50s and by the midday hour partly cloudy in the upper 70s by the afternoon we're talking a weather system flirting with us all weekend, i'll explain, coming up. >>> good morning. back to
us from "the washington post," this morning. caller: thank you for having me. host: the obama administration, previewing the mitt romney speech today, this article from yesterday afternoon talks a little bit about this. a campaign spokeswoman talking to reporters on air force one yesterday. host: the obama administration already getting ready for this big speech this morning. let's get more from you on the republican line. thank you for calling in. caller: i would like mitt romney to talk about the fact that obama.com is owned by a communist in singapore and is one of 400 web sites where obama is collecting worldwide from russia, china, and i can name a bunch of other countries. host: in a major foreign-policy speech, that is what you want him to talk about? caller: yes. i hope that he stops with obama is doing. host: thanks for calling in this morning. jimmy, democratic line. what do you think mitt romney needs to talk about in his address this morning? caller: let me get to your actual question. investing money overseas would be a whole can of worms. i would like him to expl
>>> good morning. it is tuesday, october 2nd, 2012. welcome to "cbs this morning." president obama and governor romney get down to business preparing for tomorrow's debate. >>> a new head ache for american airlines. the faa is now investigating why rows of seats are coming loose. >>> the killing of a young mother puts the spotlight on the border patrol, and caroline kennedy talks about just released autopsy of her father. >>> but we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. >> in my view, it's not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves, the president and myself. it's about something bigger than that. >> basically they're keeping me indoors all the time. it's a drag. [ laughter ] they're making me do my homework. >> president obama and mitt romney prepare for the first presidential debate. >> it is being called the most critical moment in the 2012 campaign. >> arguably the most important night of romney's political career. >> my husband is completely confident, completely balanced, completely capable of doing this. >> there are
. >>> topping our stories this morning, president obama is returning to the battleground state of virginia and he'll be in our area. the president is due to speak at a campaign rally at george mason university at 10:45 this morning. after he leaves fairfax county, he heads to another university in ohio. mr.obama will speak at cleveland state university this afternoon. >>> meanwhile, republican nominee mitt romney is also in virginia again this morning. he'll be at a campaign event in washington county on the north carolina border. yesterday romney campaigned with country music legend trace atkins outside charlottesville. both meet for another debate in new york in a week and a half. >>> surprising unemployment report shows the jobless rate dropped. most economists expected it to rise. it went down from 8.1 to 7.8%. this is the first time in almost four years that the unemployment rate has fallen below 8%. the government says the rate fell because more people found work, a trend that could impact the presidential race. >>> making headlines this morning, an alert for women in fairfax county.
down for four years now. more on that when fox 5 morning news continues. i'm barack obama, and i approve this message. these appliances could have been made here in america. but a company called global tech maximized profits by paying its workers next to nothing... under sweatshop conditions in china. when mitt romney led bain, they saw global tech as a good investment... even knowing that the firm promoted its practice of exploiting... low-wage labor to its investors. mitt romney - tough on china? since when? >>> the wirth birth rate in the u.s. is down -- the birth rate in the u.s. is down now. and lusts say at sign that families are choosing not to have children right now because of the bad economy. there is a sign that things are getting better. the birth rate dropped just 1% last year compared to 2 or 3% in previous years. >>> also making headline of course the push to ban football at a high school in dover, new hampshire. dr.paul butler is a retired physician. he is also on the school board. dr.butler says the sport puts players at risk of brain damage later on in life. dov
performance. here was president barack obama today. >> this morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. (cheers) >> more americans entered the work force, more people are getting jobs. >> and here is governor romney's reaction to the same number. >> the reason it's come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. and if you just drop out of the work force, if you just give up and say i can't go back to work, i'm going to stay home and drop out altogether, why, you're no longer part of the employment statistics, so looks like unemployment is getting better. but the truth is if the same share of people were participating in the work force today, as on the day the president got elected, our unemployment rate would be around 11%. >> the president clearly sees today's numbers good news for his campaign, but eric you've been digging into the numbers. can you help us dig a little deeper. what do the numbers say? >> there's something in here that i really, honestly in 25 years of d
and this morning an eye-popping number. president obama announced he has raised nearly a billion dollars in campaign cash. meanwhile, mitt romney riding his post-debate momentum into a must-win state for him, florida, it's "your voice, your vote," and abc's david kerley is in orlando with 30 days to go. david, good morning to you, sir. >> reporter: good morning to you, dan. you know, mitt romney is really trying to build on that debate momentum, so he's spending another day here in florida where the campaign says that the race is tightening, and romney got one of his biggest crowds ever last night in a state he really has to win. [ cheers ] >> that was a florida welcome. thank you so much. >> reporter: one of mitt romney's biggest crowds ever, more than 6,000 supporters near orlando in a state he needs to win. >> we're going to overcome the challenges we have. i'm counting on florida to win this for me on november 6th. >> yes. >> reporter: the crowd energized about the candidate's chances after that first debate. >> when it came to jobs and the economy, he doesn't really have anything to
's a look at what's coming up later this morning on the "today" show. rick santorum and president obama's deputy campaign manager preview what to expect at tonight's presidential debate. >>> and in a "today" exclusive, hear a story of survival from two friends who were left stranded after their plane crashed in the gulf of mexico. >>> and now keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weather, sports, and more. i'm lynn berry. thanks for watching "early today," just your first stop of the day, today on your nbc station. have a good one. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
. will those numbers, though, have a lasting impact. this morning from denver, martin o'malley. he's an obama surrogate. nice to see you, sir. thank you for talking with us. >> thank you, soledad. good to be with you. >> thank you very much. i appreciate that. last night, in addition to some of that polling that we've just been showing, cnn/orc did a poll of folks who were watching the debate. and what we saw was a slew of improvements in the polling for government romney. who would better handle the deficit? romney went up 16%. who would handle the economy? romney gained 12 points over president obama. taxes, romney was ahead by nine points. health care, romney was ahead by five points. i would mention, the sampling error is almost five points there. but still, in virtually every single question, it was the governor romney who, among people who saw the debate, they felt that he was now ahead in the polls that flowed. what do you make of those very devastating numbers for the president? >> i think that governor romney is certainly a skilled debater. and last night he was able to elevate his l
. >> nancy cordes is in henderson, covering the obama campaign. good morning. >> reporter: norah, good morning. while the president does his homework, the obama campaign team is working hard itself to trying to lower expectations for the president's performance. white house press corps was chuckling yesterday when they tried to argue that the president's tendency toward answers may be a liability in a debate where candidates are expected to be succinct. they're also arguing that the president hasn't had as much time to prepare for this debate as governor romney. we don't know exactly how much less time he has had, because the campaign doesn't tell us how much time he spends practicing. they like us to think it is very little time, indeed. what we do know is that he is holed up at a westin hotel outside of las vegas with his top aides and with massachusetts senator john kerry, playing romney in mock debates. kerry knows romney well. they are long-time massachusetts politicians and, of course, kerry knows his way around a presidential debate because he went up against george w. bush in 2
. >> they just decked the bride. >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, october 8, 2012. >>> good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. today president obama wraps up a two day west coast fundraising trip his last one out west of the campaign. in virginia today mitt romney delivers what aides are calling a major foreign policy address. paying particular attention to issues in the middle east. we go to washington for more. >> reporter: good morning. that's right. mitt romney will continue -- contrast his foreign policy vision with that of president obama's today. now this is amid questions about the u.s. embassy attack in libya last month. meantime president obama is reaching out to hollywood for support. president obama is raising more cash in california today. last night at a star studded los angeles fundraiser the president joked about his lackluster debate performance following songs from katie perry and stevie wonder. >> they perform flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. >> reporter: the president also accused his opponent mitt romney of backing away fr
, but who's counting, right. >> not you. >> no. the candidates are 3,000 miles apart today. president obama in california and mitt romney in virginia. but both campaigns have their eyes on a new poll that shows the race getting even tighter. >> we begin with abc's tahman bradley in washington this morning. good morning, tahman. >> good morning, paula, good morning, rob. polls show a tighter race after last night's debate. and president obama is bringing up huge cash, in fact, he's back on track to raise more than $1 billion. >> reporter: overnight the stars came out to help president obama. bill clinton and katy perry were among celebrities on hand at a fund-raiser. one of five events expected to raise $10 million. this after mr. obama and democrats raised $181 million last month. the president made a joke last week. >> they just performed flawlessly, night after night. i can't always say the same. >> reporter: the president's rival, mitt romney is on the stump drawing huge crowds, thousands of accounts in florida. >> you'll have the chance to hear his answers or his nonanswers. now, of cou
>>> this morning on "early today," foreign policy showdown. mitt romney gets serious about libya, syria, and more, but president obama hits him hard with a brand-new ad. we'll show it to you. >>> winter weather now. many parts of the country will make up this morning to an arctic blast from the nor. bill's forecast is straight ahead. >>> and 48 straight. drew breess into the record books. this is a big one. >> this is "early today" for monday, october 8th, 2012. >>> very good morning to you, i'm veronica de la cruz. 29 days and counting. there is less than a month to go in the race for the white house, and right now, both candidates are on the road. while the president campaigns in california, mitt romney spent sunday in florida before his major foreign policy speech in virginia today. nbc's tracy potts that is details from washington. good morning. >> reporter: hi, veronica, good morning. even with those jobs numbers that came out friday helping president obama, we are still seeing mitt romney with a boost after the debate, and today he will argue that under the president, ameri
biden. this is getting hot. good morning, everyone. at taper circus, candidate obama said katrina victims didn't get the same treatment as victims of others, he was speaking to a generally black audience and demands more-- >> and vice-president biden says the middle class has been buried in the last four years, tries to walk it back, saying they were buried by policies romney and ryan supported. a mini ipad on the way. so watch out amazon. all right. 12 hours to the debate, but "varney & company" is about to begin. >> wednesday, october 3rd. two new videos we're going to show you this morning. and first, president obama when he was still a candidate for the presidency back in '07. he's speaking to mostly black audience questioning whether katrina victims were given the same treatment as victims of other disasters. >> when 9/11 happened in new york city, they waved the-- said this is too serious a problem, we can't expect new york city to rebuild on its own, forget that, that dollar you've got to put in. here is $10 and that's the right thing to do. when hurricane andrew struck in
. >> reporter: good morning. you know barack obama was not the only candidate for president to have a bad debate experience. in that first debate between john ken dean nixon, nixon despite his years in the senate and his time as vice president came off more poorly on tv than the less experienced kennedy and a new tape showed that poor performance lingered with nixon for years to come. >> would be difficult to cover it in 2 1/2 minutes. >> this is the debate that richard nixon couldn't live down. >> which party do we want to lead the united states. mr. nixon do you want to comment on that statement? >> have no comment. >> going head-to-head with john kennedy in 1960, nixoning looked uncomfortable compared to a relaxed kennedy. nixon lamented that performance in a candid conversation with his white house chief of staff. >> remember, even on the first debate. we made the mistake of not -- for that one. well, or -- we got prepared. worked like hell. >> but you didn't have time -- >> nixon never made that mistake again not when he ran in 1968. >> nixon didn't want to debate in '68 because he had the
'm charlie rose with gayle king and norah o'donnell. on the morning after their first debate, president obama and mitt romney are going back out on the campaign trail. in a cbs news poll taken after the debate, twice as many undecided voters said romney was the winner. >> debates are as much about style as substance, and bill plante is in denver. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, norah. this was a debate about the economy, and the president and mitt romney presented opposing visions of how to fix it. they tossed about a lot of facts and figures, but just as important was the way they appeared, very differently. the president extremely low-key, mitt romney very energetic and aggressive. >> the president began this segment, so i think i get the last word. >> reporter: romney took advantage of the fact that the format of the debate was less restrictive than in the past, frequently pushing past moderator jim lehrer's attempts to change the subject. >> we're going to move to -- >> i have to respond to that. >> reporter: as romney pushed on, the president frequently looked down
morning." a cbs news poll shows mitt romney outshines president obama in their first debate. >> a border clash erupts between turkey and syria, raising the stakes in the ongoing civil war. >> baseballas its first triple crown winner since 1967 and who want to tear down a house by one of america's greatest architect. >> we begin this morning with today's eye opener, your world in 90 seconds. >>> middle income americans have been buried. they are being crushed. >> mitt romney goes on the offensive. >> five weeks before the election he's saying his big bold idea is never mind. >> you're entitled to president to your own airplane and own house but not your own facts. >> where was obama tonight? >> we pundits don't know whether debates matter but we do know debates over whether debates matter matter. >> syrian targets in retaliation killing five civilians. >> very dangerous situation. >> a rare and deadly meningitis outbreak leads to steroid injections is now spreading. four people have died. >> miguel cabrera has become the first player to win the triple crown since carl yastrzemski in 1967.
ready. president obama in nevada, mitt romney is in massachusetts. this morning new poll shows 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win the election. his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. looking at actual support among likely voters the race is closer. president obama leads mitt romney by two points 49-47%. >>> i have absolute confidence when we get to thursday morning you are going to say it is a new race. >> the president has to be the president he killed osama about weather i think he can stand up to mitt romney but he has to relax. >>> meantime, mitt romney continues to hammer away at president obama's foreign policy. in an editorial, romney calls for a new mideast strategy. see that first debate right here on abc7. live debate courtroom begins at 6 p.m. this wednesday. >>> oracle president gives today's keynote at the annual world conference in san francisco. last night the ceo ellison wowed 10,000 guests by announcing three new cloud-based products to help process fastest yet. just getting word that nokia and oracle have reached a mapping dea
support todd akin's candidacy? political showdown. president obama and mitt romney hunker down for their high-stakes debate in denver. >>> and bumpy ride. a 10-year-old philadelphia boy is arrested after swiping and then crashing a van. good morning, everyone, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> and we are going to begin this morning with air scare. suspicion is swirling around american airlines after two flights in three days were returned to new york's jfk airport. the reason? passenger seats came loose on both planes. the first incident occurred on a flight from miami to boston. >> during climb-out, rows, passenger seats row 12d, e and f came loose out of the floor. passengers are unable to sit in that seat. >> well, the federal aviation administration said seating in both planes had recently undergone maintenance. the airline has now grounded eight 757s for reinspection. >>> to politics now where president obama and rival mitt romney will not be campaigning today, opting instead to prep for the first of their three d
at this morning's business headlines is straight ahead. >>> plus, a sweet victory as first lady michelle obama and ann romney go spatula to spatula in a presidential cookie bake-off. you're watching "first look" on msnbc. ah. fire bad! just have to fire roast these tomatoes. this is going to give you a head start on your dinner. that seems easier [ female announcer ] new progresso recipe starters. five delicious cooking sauces you combine with fresh ingredients to make amazing home-cooked meals. >>> welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. here are some of the top stories making news this morning. now, if the u.s. goes over the so-called fiscal cliff in january, it will cost almost 90% of americans more in taxes for a total of $536 billion. taxes for a typical middle-income family making $40,000 to $64,000 a year could go up by $2,000. >>> and california governor jerry brown signed a bill that would allow 500,000 young illegal immigrants who qualify for the new federal work permit program to obtain driver's licenses. >>> near hong kong, at least 36 people were killed when a boat filled wi
shows president obama with a razor-thin lead. >>> and this morning, arnold schwarzenegger is here making his own predictions. >>> moment of impact. 38 cameras capturing every angle as a boeing 727 crashes in the desert. inside the unprecedented discovery test that could make all of us safer. >>> and taylor swift speaks out for the first time with her high-profile relationship with the kennedys. opening up to "glamour" and abc news. >> there is a lot of talk about you and the kennedys these days. >> there is? >> there is. do tell. ♪ >>> and good morning, everyone. we hope you had a great weekend. we got news from robin over the weekend. she's recovering from her bone marrow transplant. she's tweeting out this morning and she's got a special request for those at home. we'll get to that. >> robin is doing really, really well. we will hear from her. >>> also ahead in this half hour, arnold schwarzenegger is here for his first live interview since his bombshell new autobiography is out today. about the moment he confessed to maria shriver about his affair with the housekeeper. >>> and more
coffee sales count where customers can buy their morning coffee in blue obama or red romney cups. the count the cups method has correctly predicted several recent elections. 60% of people buying their coffee in obama's cup. 40% in romney's. >> bill: who shops at 7-eleven? middle class americans. >> a german liquor company is targeting men with its new line of spirits. "the new york daily news" tells us g spirits is offering rum and whiskey vodkas have that have been poured over chest before bottling. >> bill: is that supposed to improvement test? >> $18012-year-old single malt scotch has been poured over the breasts of this year's playmate of the year. her picture is on the bottle. >> i was going to say is woman's chest? >> relatively famous women. >> bill: every drop that they sell has been poured over her minute. >> closest they're going to get to a playboy playmate. >> signed seth of authenticity. >> bill: that's gallons of booze. >> she lies there in the factory. >> bill: you know what i say to that.
obama is in nevada today and mitt romney in massachusetts. this morning new poll shows 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win reelection. his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. actual support among likely voters the race is closer, president obama leads mitt romney by two points, 49-47%. >> i have absolute confidence when we get to thursday morning you are going to say it is a new race. >> in guy killed osama bin laden i think he can stan up to mitt romney. >> mitt romney continues to hammer president obama's foreign policy in an editorial today romney calls for a new mideast strategy. see the first debate between mitt romney and president obama right here on abc7, live debate coverage begins 6 p.m. this wednesday. >>> october 1st, the u.s. supreme court convenes new session today. explosive issues like same-sex marriage, voting rights and abortion likely coming up. the first thing 7:00 this morning, pacific time, will release a list of appeals it will not consider. california's ban on same-sex marriage is not likely to be on that list f it is the 9th circ
be bad news for president obama. brian mooar has the latest. he's in washington. good morning. >> reporter: hi, lynn. even if it's not great news today, it probably could be worse. today's jobs report is the second to the last before election day. it is a critical snapshot of an economy that's been stuck in low gear. >> whatever the numbers are, the romney campaign is going to cite them as evidence that president obama's policies are failing. >> the president is trying to convince people he's doing real well. he is not. >> reporter: building on a momentum of wednesday night's debate, romney's trying to reverse his stance in battlegrounds like ohio where he's fallen behind. >> china has passed us in manufacturing. >> reporter: the president argues republicans are offering nothing new. >> it's not plan for our economy. it's not a plan to strengthen the middle class. it is not change. it is a relapse. we're not going to do it. >> reporter: the latest jobs report, cold, hard facts, certain to be the subject of heated debate. economists expected the economy added a less than stella
unemployment has surprised most analysts. both barack obama and mitt romney were quick to seize on the numbers. here is our north america editor. >> snow in downtown denver slow down the rush hour, that millions of americans have no need form morning haste -- no need for morning haze. how to create more jobs has been central for this election. unemployment rose after barack obama became president, peaking at just over 10%. today's figure is the first time it has been under 8% for 44 months. >> this morning, we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. [applause] >> the good news comes at the end of a bad week for the president where he was widely derided for a lackluster debate performance. now some feel he is back. >> we have made to much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. i cannot allow that to happen. i will not allow that to happen. that is why i am running for a second term as president of the united states. >> blaming unemployment on the president has been central to the case of republicans. >> unde
the president first on domestic policy and now today on foreign policy. >> this morning president obama ismitting he's not satisfied with his efforts. nancy cordes is here. >> reporter: the president had two fundraisers here in los angeles last night, three more in san francisco today. we learned his campaign raked in $181 million in the month of september alone, the largest one month haul of this presidential campaign. 6,000 obama supporters paid at least $250 each to join the president at a star studded concert in downtown los angeles. the lineup included katy perry, stevie wonder, bone jon jovi and jennifer hudson. president obama praised them all while poking fun at himself. >> everyone here is incredible professionals, such great friends and they just perform flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. >> reporter: it was his first public acknowledgment that his debate performance wednesday night might not have been the strongest. earlier sunday on "face the nation" campaign strategist david axelrod admitted the president wasn't completely happy with his showing. >>
that obama believes in government trickle-down. >> one of the biggest questions this morning is what happened to barack obama. you know, all of his pals are dumping on him and saying he needed a teleprompter. i tell you what i think happened there. this is the same president who they have enjoyed giving campaign speeches which consist mainly of standing up there and ridiculing and mocking his opponent. the audience laughs it up. the pundits laugh it up. the fact is he has stopped thinking about public policy and he never expected to be in a debate with someone who had done his homework the way romney did. as a result, he was completely unprepared. stuart: the president of the united states goes into a crucial debate five weeks from an election and is not prepared? >> it just pours off of this president. i think he thought it would be easy. he really has to do no more than state it. that has always been his style. he has never been forced to defend his ideas in depth. now he will have to. stuart: here is how they are coming back. there is a come back. roll the tape please on david axelrod spea
supporters came out with not that good, kind of lethargic. some guys on wall street this morning maybe obama got a peek at a bad jobs report for friday. you don't think that is possible, do you? >> may be his first at-bat with the new pitcher, maybe sandbagging trying not to come out and do al gore and step in his face and be too aggressive, maybe he was holding back a little bit. dennis: charlie rangel, the congressman on fox business this morning waiting for obama to come out late and finally taken down and it never happened. what was the biggest surprise for you from romney? >> seemed we were seeing a completely different person. likable, relax, he looked very comfortable in his skin, that was a big surprise. he was smooth and relaxed. having a good time. dennis: had you heard obama say that he agrees corporate tax rates are too high and should be cut? >> i think he was just trying to agree with romney on some things. i'm not so sure the tax policies are that far apart. the most important thing going forward are those branches of government start working together, that is the problem you
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